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Ukrainian icons from the Khanenko Museum will be exhibited in the Louvre

On June 14, the Louvre will host will host an exhibition titled ‘At the origins of the sacred image. Icons from the Khanenko Museum’. Five icons will be shown at the exhibition: a micro mosaic icon of St. Nicholas from the late 13th century, which the Khanenko couple acquired during one of their travels, as well as ‘Saint Sergius and Saint Bacchus’, ‘Saint John the Baptist’, ‘The Virgin Mary with the Christ Child’ and ‘Saints Plato and Glykeria’ from the 6th-7th century. The last four came to the Khanenko Museum from the monastery of Saint Catherine of Sinai (Egypt).

The joint exhibition with the Ukrainian museum will be the first international collaboration for the department of Byzantine and Eastern Christian art, which the Louvre plans to open in 2027. Also the team of the French museum is engaged in a large-scale research of the Byzantine world heritage.

After the exhibition, the icons will be examined in the laboratories of the Centre for Research and Restoration of Museums of France.

According to LeMonde, the Khanenko Museum sent 16 of ‘some of the most fragile works from the collections’ to the Louvre. This happened in May 2023. The head of the Louvre Laurence des Cars offered the team of the Khanenko Museum to take at least part of their collection for temporary storage back in February 2022, but the Ukrainian institution declined the offer for security reasons. The Louvre sent the Khanenko Museum protective materials for the exhibits.

The Albertinum Museum, which is part of the Dresden State Art Collections, will host the exhibition ‘Kaleidoscope of (Hi)stories: Ukrainian Art 1912–2023’.


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This exhibition will represent contemporary and modern art of Ukraine for the first time in Germany. It will feature paintings, sculpture, photography, installation, video, graphics and archives of about 50 artists, gathered from the collections of the National Art Museum, Odesa Fine Arts Museum, Ukrainian Folk Decorative Art Museum, Stedley Art Foundation, Maria Prymachenko Family Foundation, Dovzhenko Centre and the Museum of Contemporary Art NGO.

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